The Chinese Zodiac consists of a 12-year cycle, each year of which is named after a different animal that imparts distinct characteristics to its year. Many Chinese believe that the year of a person's birth is the primary factor in deciding that person's personality traits, physical and mental attributes and degree of success and happiness throughout his/her lifetime.
The Chinese New Year begins with the second new moon after the winter solstice, which occurs between Jan 21 and Feb 19.
To learn about your Animal Sign, find the year of your birth among the 12 signs listed below. If you were born before 1936, add 12 to the year you were born to find your year.
RABBIT: 1939, 1951, 1975, 1987, 1999 Luckiest of all signs, you are also talented and articulate. Affectionate, yet shy, you seek peace throughout your life. Marry a Sheep or a Boar. Your opposite is the Cock.
TIGER: 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998. Tiger people are aggressive, courageous, candid and sensitive. Look to the Horse and the Dog for happiness. Beware of the Monkey.
OX: 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997. Bright, patient and inspiring to others. You can be happy by yourself, yet make an outstanding parent. Marry a Snake or a Cock. The Sheep will bring you trouble.
RAT: 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996. You are ambitious, yet honest. Prone to spend freely. Seldom makes lasting friendships. Most compatible with Dragons and Monkeys. Least compatible with Horses.
DRAGON: 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2001 All rights reserved.. You are eccentric and your life is complex. You have a very passionate nature and abundant health. Marry a Monkey or a Rat late in life. Avoid the Dog.
SNAKE: 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989. Wise and intense with a tendency toward physical beauty. Vain and high tempered. The Boar is your enemy. The Cock or the Ox are your best signs.
HORSE: 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990. Popular and attractive to the opposite sex. You are often ostentatious and impatient. You need people. Marry a Tiger or a Dog early, but never a Rat.
SHEEP: 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991. Elegant and creative, you are timid and prefer anonymity. You are most compatible with Boars and Rabbits, but never the Ox.
MONKEY: 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992. You are very intelligent and can influence people. An enthusiastic achiever, you are easily discouraged and confused. Avoid Tigers. Seek a Dragon or a Rat.
COCK: 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993. A pioneer in spirit, you are devoted to your work and quest after knowledge. You are selfish and eccentric. Rabbits are trouble. Snakes and Oxen are fine.
DOG: 1946, 1958, 1979, 1982, 1994. Loyal and honest you work well with others. Generous, yet stubborn and often selfish. Look to the Horse or the Tiger. Watch out for Dragons.
BOAR: 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995. Noble
and chivalrous. Your friends will be lifelong, yet you are prone to
marital strife. Avoid other Boars. Marry a Rabbit or a Sheep.
To discover the animal for your year of birth
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